The latest indication that New Yorkers can't have nice things? LinkNYC, the company behind those fancy, free Wi-Fi-equipped kiosks that you've definitely never used, has been forced to remove web-browsing capabilities because people just could not stop watching porn and masturbating on the sidewalk.
OK, OK, so ignoring the fact that New Yorkers can't be trusted with web browsing... without that capability, what's the point in these things, right? First of all, please relax, it's very weird to get this worked-up about a kiosk. Second of all, here's everything you need to know about these porn magnets, including whether or not they're actually even good.
First of all, what are these things?
Remember pay phones? Those things that you probably never actually used to place a phone call but definitely watched someone pee on? Since February, the city has been phasing those out in favor of "Link" kiosks (part of the "LinkNYC" network), which house free, Wi-Fi-equipped tablets (TBD on whether or not pee is still a factor). The city plans to launch over 7,500 of them across the five boroughs in the next few years, and 400 are currently installed in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens.